Great way to share fieldnotes, photos, thoughts on paper and in pixels…

Haidy Geismar, NYU
Browsing around in searching for material for my digital culture syllabus I came across this offshoot from the Melanesian Art Project at the British Museum.
When two Nekgini speakers from Papua New Guinea came to the Museum, they worked with James Leach and Giles Lane to create Diffusion Notebooks of their experience. The paper notebooks used digital photography and were hand written and pasted (scrapbooked). The pages were then digitized so that they could be printed and shared multiple times. It’s a great way to make fieldnotes and images widely accessible and moveable. In this case the notebooks were written in Tok Pisin and given to the participants in the project to take back with them…


  1. HI Marcel
    Haven’t tried these myself – please report back on materialworld about any experiences or ideas you have if you give it a go!

  2. Dear Haidy,
    Thanks for linking to us and the eNotebooks. I thought you might be interested to hear that we’ve just used our platform to remake the notebooks and use its Publish & Print On Demand service to have professionally printed and bound copies made too:
    We think this could make the eNotebook formats even more useful to researchers and others wanting to capture and share notes and ideas in field and beyond, especially in terms of sharing back knowledge gleaned from communities who are so often the objects of study but don’t always get to see the results.
    best wishes,

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